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My First Time: Taking a Break From Blogging

I just wanted to start this post off with a little disclaimer: this is not meant to be a rant.

Truthfully, I’ve wanted to take a little break from my blog for a while now, but I felt that I constantly needed to be producing content in order to remain relevant. So, I decided to take a week off. Since it was the holidays and I wanted to spend time with my loved ones, I figured it was the perfect timing. I know a week-long break might not seem like a lot to most people, but for me – it was so needed.

If you’re curious, here’s why I needed a little break:

Reason One: Instagram was ruining my life.

If you’ve read almost any blog within the past couple of months, you’ll likely know that the Instagram algorithm has changed. When Instagram first started, posts were visible on your feed according to chronological order of posting times. You just had to post a photo around the right time of day and it would basically be guaranteed that you would get a certain amount of likes. Since then, Instagram has changed drastically. With issues like shadow-banning, the massive amounts of sponsored posts slipping into your feed and comment pods, it’s actually very difficult these days to organically grow your following. With all of these pressures and things I needed to think about every time I posted, it actually stressed me out a lot. There was just a lot of social media pressures that Instagram was feeding into and was therefore making me really unhappy. It wasn’t about making creative content any more – and it became just a numbers game. 

 

Reason Two: I was starting to be really hard on myself.

If a photo didn’t do well, or if a blog post didn’t get as many comments as the last one, I would furiously be working my butt off to try to ensure that I would do better next time. Now, there’s nothing wrong with re-evaluating how tactical you’re being when it comes to having your blog and Instagram as your side-hustle – however, once you start being more self-conscious and self-critical then you are being creative, that’s when it becomes an issue. Every photo that was taken of me, I thought it could be better. The angle wasn’t perfect and my face wasn’t quite right. Every product photo that I took felt like a struggle. I was trying to be more and more creative without my photos becoming too much of a brand-sell, but they still felt too posed. Every post I wrote felt like so much work, when I used to really love writing. I had never really been a person who had been hard on myself before, but all of a sudden now I was stressing myself out over the smallest things and being creative was becoming more and more difficult.

 

Reason Three: I was just plain exhausted.

Ever since I started my blog last year, I’ve produced content at least once a week – and this isn’t including the constant creation of content I was simultaneously doing for my Instagram. At first, I started writing two blog posts a week. After six months, I scaled it down to one post a week. For the week leading up to Christmas, I had a post every single weekday. That’s five posts in one week. And trust me, it was pretty difficult to feel creative at that point. Even though I had spaced out my writing, by the end of the week, I was pretty exhausted with all of the writing, photo editing, commenting and upkeep that many people don’t realize a blog needs. I used to check in on my blog at least twice a day. Once to keep up with comments and the second time would be to set up future posts. Always checking-in made me feel like I just wanted to curl up into a ball at the end of the day and not speak to anyone else.

So, for my own personal sanity – I took a break. I slept a lot. I spent time with friends and my boyfriend. I binged on Netflix shows and I stayed away from hours wasted on social media (well, as much as I could). And it was wonderful. It was just the break I needed to come into the new year feeling like I could be more creative and care a whole lot less. After all, I started this blog for me and I should be using my blog as a tool to make myself happier and share that happiness with the world.

With love,

80 Comments

  1. Girl you deserve a break and you are not alone! Reading this post I felt akin to so many things that you mentioned. Being burned out on Instagram, exhausted, being hard on myself. I know the feeling. I think bloggers/content creators/whatever need to take some time to chill and reassess where we are in terms of blogging/social media. Breaks are good!

    x,
    S | Je M’appelle Chanel

    1. Awe I’m so glad that you get how I felt girl! Taking a break from any job that you do is so needed. Thanks for taking a read!

      xo,

      H

  2. Health is one of the most important things in the world. And for you to rest and catch up with loved ones, taking a break from blogging is very good for you. If we never took breaks we would be zombies and no one wants to look half dead in a photo 🙂 Anyway, I took a bit of a break myself, since I have been traveling for Christmas and New Years I spent it in France seeing my family and loved ones. Who I often don’t get to see much of 🙂 It was refreshing. Parties were a blast and Christmas and New Years is the best its ever been. Sometimes we just need to take a nice break to recharge ourselves. True lovers of your blog will always be here for you even if you take a nice break. Happy 2018 girl 🙂 http://www.bauchlefashion.com/2017/12/the-new-years-eve-edit-parisian-2018.html

    1. Totally agree with you! Focusing on our own mental health and what makes us happy is actually so important. That’s great that you took a break too! Hope France was amazing!!

      xo,

      H

  3. everyone needs a break every once in a while. Its totally normal. Don’t push yourself too hard. I hope by taking a break you get to focus on yourself more!

    1. I totally agree with you! Hopefully they adjust the Instagram algorithm soon or they’re going to loose people who believe in it as a progressive platform!

      xo,

      H

  4. I feel you! On all of these counts, Hillory. Blogging is incredibly taxing and with a few inconvenient changes recently – aka Instagram – it’s been difficult to feel inspired AND be successful. Taking the time you need to regroup and relax is admirable. Keep it up, love. Know that we’re right there with you!

    xx http://www.qustomquinns.com/blog

    1. Awe thank you so much for your kind words Quinn, I feel like you totally get it! Thanks so much darling <3

      xo,

      H

  5. I can totally relate to what you have said! I also wrote a similar post two years ago. Taking a break from time to time will clear your mind and believe me, it will make you so much happier! Hope you had a wonderful NYE with your loved ones! Vivian x

    http://www.viviantse.net

  6. Definitely take a break, it can be hard to take a step back sometimes but more often than not it is the best thing. I can relate to Instagram ruining your life and the exhaustion, I think when it stopped being something I enjoyed I felt I had to pull back a little. Thank you for sharing and enjoy yourself! Happy New Year xxx

    ALittleKiran | Bloglovin

    1. So true!! I definitely think I need to just pull back from Instagram too to start liking it again. Hope you had an amazing holiday!

      xo,

      H

    1. SO exhausting. Glad you totally understand too girl. Maybe you should take a break too so you can come back refreshed!

      xo,

      H

  7. I have been there and it exhausting on the mind. I was beating myself up so much and that was not healthy at all. I had to constantly remind myself why I started blogging and for me that was more important. To enjoy, connect and have fun. Its good you took a time off to do the same. Have a refreshed new year blogging.

    https://www.missymayification.co.uk

    1. That’s exactly how I feel!! It’s so much more important to just have fun. Thanks for all of the advice girl!

      xo,

      H

    1. I know what you mean, I used to love it too!! Now it’s a bit of a struggle for me. Happy new years girly!

      xo,

      H

  8. Instagram really sucks these days, it has become just as boring as Facebook (with the exception that the actual content from people is better).
    To produce good blog posts does take some time and energy if you want to be consistent with it, but please don’t be so hard on yourself! It’s better that you continue to blog – no matter the numbers – than to stress out and maybe quit. But I know the problem. I’m about to start a second blog and it takes me ages just to write the first post because I’m such a perfectionist. 🙁

    1. Totally agree with you — it’s so different than it used to be. Awe you should totally start a second blog if you think that’ll make you happier!!

      xo,

      H

  9. Sorry to hear that social media and blogging were starting to bring you down but I’m glad that you decided to practice self-care and take a break. I think it is healthy for anyone to take a break every once in a while for to keep your mind right. Instagram sucks but I just adjusted what I expect from them so I am not disappointed anymore.
    LaToya
    http://www.toyastales.blogspot.com

    1. Checking in with yourself to see what makes you happiest is actually so important! That’s a great point girly, I think I just need to take a step back from Instagram too so that I care less about such trivial things!

      xo,

      H

  10. Blogging and maintaining/growing on social media is HARD work! It really needs to be recognized as such. I feel like people in the older generations (like parents) see us playing with our phones and laptops and not realizing that it’s actual work that we are doing! Girl, you deserve that break. I took a break too 😉 Hope you had a wonderful peaceful tech-free holiday!

    simplylovebirds.com

  11. Well good for you! I take a whopping three month hiatus at least once a year! Does it get me very far in blogging? Not really, but then again, I have college, and work, and way too much personal life at this point that if I did constantly try to blog, I would break. Blogging takes up so much time that could be spent doing other things, but we do it because we love it– and so the time spent is worth it. but when it starts to feel like work, then the time spent is not worth it, and then you know that the healthiest thing you need to do is take a break. so good for you!

    1. That’s awesome! I would love to take that long off, maybe I should treat myself to a summer break haha. And it seriously takes up so much time!! Hope I can be like you one day and take a little longer blog-vacation soon!

      xo,

      H

  12. It is always great and necessary to take a break! I totally relate to all of these struggles, Instagram is so hard these days and it’s so hard to not focus on the numbers. I’ve taken breaks here and there because of college and it definitely did hurt in terms of numbers… but it would have been too overwhelming at the same time. You’re not alone in these struggles!

    Narhee | Made in Mauve

  13. I completely get how you feel! I’ve completely given up on growing my Instagram because it’s just so competitive and near impossible, so I’m just working on interacting with and supporting the people I follow (and the people who follow me).

    I would just like to say though, I think your Instagram and blog pics are absolutely beautiful! I’m honestly not just saying that, they’re stunning, so please don’t be too hard on yourself — easier said than done, I know.

    Yeah, running a blog and maintaing your social media is harder than people realise, so good on you for taking a break and actually stepping back from it for a little while.

    I hope you have a lovely 2018! x

    Alicia | https://www.alifestyleblog.co.uk

    1. That’s a great way to look at it girl, I definitely need to focus on the followers I do have and engaging with them. And you are too kind!! Glad everyone on this post has been so supportive and understanding.

      xo,

      H

  14. It’s always understandable when people want to take a break from blogging! I totally understand why you’d want a break. A lot of these things cause unnecessary stress and a blog is supposed to be a way to destress and have fun! It’s so annoying that Instagram shuffled everyone’s uploads around -___-. I realized that trying to force things will make the outcome look not as great.

    I’m glad to hear that you took some time to relax! Your time is valuable and definitely use your blog as a way to make yourself happy!

    exquisitely.me

  15. Do not be harsh on yourself. It is necessary to take breaks from time to time. Do your best, but still try to stay grounded and be in touch with your reality outside Instagram and the blog .

  16. I’m so totally with you on taking a break. Last year I took a break from blogging for mooooonths…With our market being so over saturated, for me, it can be hard to churn out original content. How many posts on Spring 2018 trends can one really read…it takes effort to put your spin on content…and don’t get me started on Instagram’s algo, AarRRHH!! Have a lovely Sunday hon ( :

    1. Your comment is speaking to me girl!! It’s so hard to create original content these days and not feel like your blog looks like everyone elses. Thanks for taking a read girl!

      xo,

      H

  17. I think that everyone needs to take a blogging break from time to time. I was on one last year. I didn’t post for a few months. I was under so much pressure and blogging stopped being fun.

    Her Style Hive

  18. This post spoke to me so much. I’ve honestly been struggling with the same feeling re: Instagram and even my blog has been taking a hit because of it. I think the pressures we put on ourselves takes the fun out of it. Sometimes you just gotta step back and take a break! We need to learn to not be so hard on ourselves and find the joy in what we do <3

    1. Awe so glad you agree with me girl. And you’re totally right!! We need to start focusing on what we love about what we do and pay less attention to what we don’t love!

      xo,

      H

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